The Little Friend

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (25.90 hours)
Product Number: Z100012190
Released: Jan 15, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415953549
Narrator/s: Karen White
Publisher: Books on Tape
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The second novel by Donna Tartt, bestselling author of The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize), The Little Friend is a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil. The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother's Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents' yard. Twelve years later Robin's murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated. So it is that Robin's sister Harriet-unnervingly bright, insufferably determined, and unduly influenced by the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson-sets out to unmask his killer. Aided only by her worshipful friend Hely, Harriet crosses her town's rigid lines of race and caste and burrows deep into her family's history of loss. Filled with hairpin turns of plot and "a bustling, ridiculous humanity worthy of Dickens" (The New York Times Book Review), The Little Friend is a work of myriad enchantments by a writer of prodigious talent.

Author(s): Donna Tartt
Original Publish Date: Jan 15, 2008

All formats/editions

Author(s): Donna Tartt
Product Number EB00172981
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307873484

Professional reviews

"Donna Tartt's long-awaited second novel is a sensually and psychologically rich tale of place and childhood. Harriet Dufresne's world changed forever the day someone murdered her 9-year-old brother, Robin. Ten years later, as a precocious and prickly 12-year-old, Harriet decides to solve the murder. Her Mississippi world is peopled with vivid characters and shot through with class and racial tensions, and Tartt has not forgotten how to tell a story, but Karen White's performance is dispiriting. Not a word is spoken badly, but White applies pauses and emphases to each sentence in a monotonous rhythm, ignoring meaning or sense. This reader had to revert to the printed book. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"

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